Anglicanism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short by Mark Chapman

By Mark Chapman

What's Anglicanism? How is it varied from other kinds of Christianity, and the way did it come to have such a lot of assorted types during the international? even supposing initially united through situation and a typical trust, Anglicanism has steadily misplaced its pre-eminence because the English kingdom church because of expanding pluralisation and secularization. whereas there are unique topics and emphases that emerge from its early historical past and theology, there's little experience of team spirit in Anglicanism today.

Here, Mark Chapman explores the attention-grabbing heritage, theology, and constructions of Anglicanism, and highlights the variety of the modern church via reading how traditions range from England and American, from South Africa to Malaysia. Chapman seems at present advancements and controversies, comparable to homosexuality and ladies clergymen, and gives thought-provoking feedback for the way forward for Anglicanism. placing the background and improvement of the faith into context, Chapman unearths what it's that holds Anglicanism jointly regardless of the hot crises that threaten to rip it apart.

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However, England was no democracy and few reformers had a high opinion of the will of the people. Hooper claimed, for instance, that the people, ‘that many headed monster, is still wincing, partly through ignorance and partly fascinated by the inveiglements of the bishops and the malice and the impiety of the mass-priests’. ’ The picture that emerges is of a reforming episcopacy held in check by the threat of financial expropriation. They were assisted by an important group of educated preachers and academics imposing reformed doctrine on the mass of more or less superstitious Englishmen.

God gives earthly care for human beings to the Monarch both in matters spiritual and temporal: consent, learned and unlearned, both men and women: that no manner of person born and brought up in England hath aught to do with Rome. All manner of people receiving and embracing the truth with one whole consent acknowledge, honour, and reverence the King for the Supreme Headship of the Church upon earth. They bid the Bishop of Rome farewell. Even though Gardiner later retracted what he had said, the theory of Royal Supremacy turned out to be a very radical theory indeed.

Beza wrote to Archbishop Grindal about the Prayer Book: as touching the Lord’s supper, who can refrain tears, to declare how miserably it is transformed into that old stagelike frisking and horrible Idol gadding? . For who would not think, that the using of an altar, or some table were an indifferent thing? . They were 39 Competing visions for the Church of England Against these charges, Matthew Parker sought out Cartwright’s erstwhile Cambridge colleague, the vice-chancellor John Whitgift (1530–1604), to compose a set of replies.

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